Roman Holiday

While Ryan was just beginning his Block Club Residency in Copenhagen, I just returned from a 10-day vacation in Rome, Florence and Milan.

One thing is clear: Italians have design figured out. And they are very proud of that fact. It is a part of their cultural history, beginning with the Renaissance artisans that worked centuries ago, to familiar brands that we know today: Gucci, Lamborghini, Bianchi.

I was lucky enough to visit three museums dedicated to Italian art and design:

Maxxi Museum, Rome
The Maxxi Museum is the national institute of art and architecture. Located in the Flaminio neighborhood, the building was designed by Zaha Hadid and is managed by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Fondazione Prada, Milan
Fondazione Prada is comprised of several beautifully appointed galleries featuring exhibits of Italian and other internationally renown artists. On the campus grounds, there is also a very charming caffé called Bar Luce, designed by Wes Anderson.

La Triennale di Milano, Milan
La Triennale di Milan exclusively features Italian design that is in someway connected to industry. Exhibits featured can highlight urban planning, architecture, and media arts.

Photo: Fondazione Prada